Microsoft quietly bumps Surface Pro 2 processor

When we reviewed Microsoft’s Surface Pro 2, we found that it packed all the performance punch of a laptop computer thanks to its Intel i5-4200U processor running at 1.6-2.6 GHz.

That strength has become even stronger, with CNET reporting that at least some new Surface Pro 2 systems are being equipped with the Intel i5-4300U, running at 1.9-2.9 GHz. The new CPU also increases the top clockspeed of the integrated GPU, capping it at 1.1GHz instead of 1.0GHz.

OEMs swapping out components in their systems isn’t uncommon, with disks, LCD panels, wireless chipsets, and more all being substituted from time to time to cut costs or smooth out supply line anomalies. This practice was reflected in Microsoft’s official statement about the change: “Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers.”

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via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/xRVPyApiyuM/

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